JCM312/Bazinian Realism (Discussion)
Discussion Group 1
Bazin claims Renoir is "the only director who consistently, attempted in his films up to La Règle du Jeu (Rules of the Game) to rise above facile editing effects and seize the secret of a cinematic style which was capable of expressing everything without fragmenting the world, of revealing the hidden meaning of human beings and their environment without destroying their natural unity" (48). Do you agree that Renoir's style does not "fragment the world"? Why or why not?
Discussion Group 2
Bazin sees "two broad and opposing trends in the cinema between 1920 and 1940: those directors who put their faith in the image and those who put their faith in reality." What does Bazin mean by faith in reality? Can you think of modern directors who fall into this category?
Discussion Group 3
Bazin sees "two broad and opposing trends in the cinema between 1920 and 1940: those directors who put their faith in the image and those who put their faith in reality." Bazin says the "faith in image" directors can be "traced back to two factors." What are they? How does a Russian film movement exemplify one of these factors?
Discussion Group 4
Bazin contends that "analytic" or "dramatic" editing (i.e., "shooting script") was "strongly challenged by the technique of composition in depth used by Orson Welles and William Wyler." What is composition in depth? What are some examples from Welles's, Wyler's and/or Renoir's work? (You can find examples linked to from the online syllabus.)
- Bazin, André. "The Evolution of Film Language." In The New Wave, pp. 24-51. Edited and translated by Peter Graham. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968.